Honors & Awards

February 14, 2001 8 min read
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The Association for Career and Technical Education, based in Alexandria, Va., announced several teachers’ awards at the ACTE convention last month. Those recognized and their awards are as follows:


The Association for Career and Technical Education, based in Alexandria, Va., announced several teachers’ awards at the ACTE convention last month. Those recognized and their awards are as follows:

Mary E. Welch of Eau Claire, Wis., was named the ACTE National Teacher of the Year. Regional winners were: Suzi G. Alter, Warren, Ohio; Brenda F. Shealy, Chapin, S.C.; Jane V. Lamb, Bay St. Louis, Miss.; Mike Gillispie, Peoria, Ariz.

Frederica L. Kramer of Terre Haute, Ind., was named the National Outstanding Career and Technical Educator. Regional winners were: Cythia R. Gahris, Columbus, Ohio; C. Ray Boland, Columbia, S.C.; Jerry E. Shipp, Texarkana, Ark.; Clay E. Christensen, American Fork, Utah.

Gigi G. Ekstrom of Dallas was named the National Outstanding Career and Techical Teacher. Regional winners were: Scott Naill, Piqua, Ohio; Dorinda Franklin, Prichard, Ala.; J. Janell Allred, Clinton, Mo.; Marilyn Dale-Boerke, Vancouver, Wash. Other awards announced by the ACTE are:

Ramona High School, Ramona, Calif., won a National Award of Excellence from the ACTE and the Industry Planning Council of the Alliance for Automotive Manufacturers for its automotive-technician program.

Bettie R. Tipton, director of federal programs, Kentucky Department of Eduation, won the ACTE Outstanding Service Award.

Karen Leveridge, vice president of education and workforce development, Oklahoma State Chamber of Commerce, Oklahoma City, Okla., won an ACTE Award of Merit.


The Carnegie Academy for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, based in Menlo Park, Calif., has selected 18 teacher-scholars to participate in the second year of its program to support the scholarship of teaching in K-12 education. The scholars are teachers who have been involved in previous efforts to document their work, are currently engaged in studying their own classroom practice, and are committed to sharing their learning with a broad audience. They will help develop and exhibit methods of K-12 teaching. The scholars and their schools are listed as follows by state:

Alaska: Anne Pfitzner, Soldotna Elementary School, Soldotna. California: Rebecca Akin, Lincoln Elementary School, Oakland; Hans Gerald Campano, McKinley Elementary School, Stockton; Sarah Capitelli, Melrose Elementary School, Oakland; Joan Cone, El Cerrito High School, El Cerrito; Rosalyn Hill, Carter Middle School, Oakland; Yvonne Divans Hutchinson, King-Drew Medical Magnet High School, Los Angeles; Ann Mary Nkiruka St. Clair Ifekwunigwe, Carthay Center Elementary School, Los Angeles; Gayanne Leachman, Mariemont Elementary School, Sacramento; Deanna Victor, Mariemont Elementary School, Sacramento; Esther Wojcicki, Palo Alto HighSchool, Palo Alto; Emily Wolk, Pio Pico Elementary School, Santa Ana; Beth Yeager, McKinley Elementary School, Santa Barbara. Maryland: Deborah Roberts, Silver Spring International Middle School, Silver Spring. Michigan: Timothy Boerst, Jane Addams Elementary School, Redford. Mississippi: Renee Moore, Broad Street High School, Shelby. Pennsylvania: Vanessa Brown, Germantown High School, Philadelphia. Wisconsin: Jeffrey Maas, Falk Elementary School, Madison.


The Education Commission of the States in Denver, Colo. has selected nine scholars and practitioners to serve as senior fellows in the Distinguished Senior Fellows Program. The fellows will contribute knowledge of their fields to help develop ECS’ goals and provide leadership in selected policy areas. They will serve as fellows through Sept. 30, 2001 at ECS. The fellows and their positions are listed below:

John Augenblick, president, Augenblick and Myers consulting firm. Ramon Cortines, executive director, Pew Network for Standards-Based Reform at Stanford University. James England, Pew Charitable Trusts program officer in education. Calvin Frazier, education consultant for teacher preparation and professional development. Milton Goldberg, executive vice president, National Alliance of Business. James Guthrie, professor of public policy and education, chair of the department of leadership and organization, and director of the Peabody Center for Education Policy at Peabody college of education and human development, Vanderbilt University. Sharon Lynn Kagan, Virginia and Leonard Marx professor of early childhood and family policy at Teachers College, Columbia University, and senior research scientist at Yale University’s Child Study Center. Kay McClenney, partner in the Pew Forum on Undergraduate Education, adjunct faculty member in the Community College Leadership Program at the University of Texas, Austin. David Pierce, president and chief executive officer of the American Association of Community Colleges.


The U.S. Department of Justice’s office of juvenile justice and delinquency prevention recently announced 15 winners of its 2000 Leadership Awards. The winners were selected for their work in protecting children and combating juvenile crime. Winners were honored at the National Juvenile Justice Conference in December. Here are the winners, listed by state:

Arizona: Chief Jan Strauss, Mesa Police Department, Mesa. California: Mark Soler, president, Youth Law Center, San Francisco and Washington. Colorado: Dr. David Huizinga, senior research associate, Institute of Behavioral Science, University of Colorado, Boulder. Florida: Dr. James Howell, adjunct researcher, National Youth Gang Center, Tallahassee. Illinois: Donna Crawford, executive director, National Center for Conflict Resolution Education, Champaign. Kentucky: Earl Dunlap, executive director, National Juvenile Detention Association, Lexington; Ralph Kelley, commissioner, Kentucky Department of Juvenile Justice. Louisiana: Judge Ernestine Gray, Orleans Parish Juvenile Court, New Orleans. Michigan: Judge Michael Martone, Juvenile Court, Troy. New York: Dr. Joseph Cocozza, vice president, Research Policy Associates, Delmar; Dr. Terence Thornberry, professor, school of criminal justice, State University of New York at Albany, Albany. Pennsylvania: Dr. Rolf Loeber, professor of psychiatry, psychology, and epidemilolgy, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic, Pittsburgh; Lily Yeh, founder and executive/artistic director, Village of Arts and Humanities, Philadelphia. Virginia: Ernie Allen, co-founder, president and chief executive officer, National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, Alexandria.


The National Staff Development Council, based in Oxford, Ohio, recently announced the following awards for contributions to staff development for teachers and administrators.

Thomas Swenson, a past president of the NSDC, received the Distinguished Service Award for his work at the council. He served as a mentor at NSDC Academies and increased the group’s visibility with presentations of “Staff Development 101" workshops.

Kati Haycock, director of theEducation Trust, and M. Hayes Mizell, program director for the Program for Student Achievement at the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation and a former director of the Southern Student Human Relations Project of the U. S. National Student Association, received the Contribution to Staff Development Award. Ms. Haycock helped the trust provide special assistance to urban schools and universities seeking to raise achievement. Mr. Mizell was honored for work with the human-relations project and with the foundation.

Kathryn Blumsack, director of board development, Maryland Association of Boards of Education, received the Mentor of the Year award for providing outstatnding support to a new staff developer.

Laura L. Gschwend, professional-development coordinator, St. Teresa High School, San Jose, Calif., received the Outstanding New Staff Developer Award for ourtstanding success in her early years of service.


The National Association of School Nurses has announced the recipients of two awards recognizing long-standing commitments to improving the lives and health of children and excellence in school nursing practice. The winner of the NASN School Nurse of the Year 2000 was D’Alene Seymour, Albuquerque, N.M. The winner of the NASN School Nurse Administrator of the Year 2000 was Betty Fitzpatrick, Golden, Colo.


Then-U.S. Secretary of Education Richard W. Riley announced 10 winners of the third annual John Stanford Education Heroes awards in December. The winners were chosen for their commitment to improving schools and communities and increasing learning opportunities for students. The award is named in honor of John H. Stanford, the late Seattle schools superintendent. The winners, who received their awards at a ceremony in Washington, are listed as follows by state:

Arizona: Jose Corvarrubias, bus driver, Omega Academy Charter School, Phoenix. Colorado: William Kneeland, attorney and chairman, Community Learning Centers Advisory Board, Poudre School District, Fort Collins. Delaware: Scott Reynolds, executive director, Delaware Information Technology Association, Wilmington. Florida: Marjorie Pearlson, community education activist, Miami-Dade Coalition for Community Education, Miami. Illinois: David Hirsch, senior vice president/financial consultant, Salomon Smith Barney Inc., Chicago. Kansas: Rosie Bumeister, learning consultant, Boys and Girls Club of Lawrence, Kan., Lawrence. Massachusetts: Roger Harris, principal/headmaster, Boston Renaissance Charter School, Boston. New York: Sunna Rasch, founder/executive director, Periwinkle National Theatre, Monticello. Texas: Joe Gonzales, superintendent, San Angelo Independent School District, San Angelo. Washington: Lou August, executive director, Wilderness Techology Alliance, Bellevue.


Mary L. Hailes, Seaton Elementary School, Washington, has won the National Center for Learning Disabilities’ Bill Ellis Teacher Preparation Award. The award recognizes excellence in teaching by a general education teacher committed to helping students with and without learning disabilities succeed in learning.

Robin Gibson Sawyer, Manteo High School, Manteo, N.C., received the Dow Jones Newspaper Fund’s 2000 National High School Journalism Teacher of the Year Award at the fall conference of the Journalism Education Association and the National Scholastic Press Association.

A version of this article appeared in the February 14, 2001 edition of Education Week


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